Are you stressed?
We’re bombarded by messages about how stressful modern life is; about how we need to find a better work-life balance; about the 11.7 million work days lost each year to stress-related illness.
But are we really stressed, and, if we are, how do we achieve that ellusive work-life balance?
Therefore we have initiated several tools and resources that we hope members will find useful in tackling stress in their work life and home life.
- Annual Survey – to track stress levels amongst members
- Stress App – to help members learn to manage their stress
- Stress information sheet – with some great insights and suggestions on how to tackle stress
- Education Support Partnership – supportting staff throughout the UK
Voice Annual Stress Survey
In 2016 Voice initiated an annual member stress survey which we plan to repeat each May. We wanted to know just how stressed our members are, and then track if stress levels get worst or if they improve.
The survey, designed by the National Health & Safety Executive, grades stress levels from 1 (‘stressed out’) to 5, which is where we should all aspire to be – stress free.
Now in our fourth year, with over 1,200 surveys submitted, we can start to see some trends emerging. In addition to a gradual increase in our members stress levels, we are also concerned to discover the areas where they experience the greatest stressors. Each year we see the same two areas posing the greatest stress to our members, ‘change’ and ‘demands’. ‘Change’ is defined as the amount of information and influence the employees has in deciding / implementing changes in the workplace or their role, and ‘demands’ is defined as whether those placed on the employee are realistic to achieve in timeframe and with the resources available.
Feel Stress Free
an App created by Thrive Therapeutic Software
‘Feel Stress Free’, an App created by Thrive Therapeutic Software, uses clinically proven and evidence-based techniques in order to prevent and build resilience to stress, anxiety and mild depression. It has been developed by NHS trained psychologists and psychiatrists, along with an expert games developer, and is available to all Voice members with an exclusive discount of 50% off the RRP.
By using the techniques within the app regularly, the benefits become greater. Practice makes perfect, and just as we would train our body and expect to become fitter, we have the ability to train our minds by learning the mindfulness and CBT techniques included in the app, whenever it suits us.
Stress: Recognise and tackle work-related stress
Stress and anxiety have become a daily part of life for many of us, but that does not mean it’s ok or acceptable. Whilst stress can be positive and help drive you to achieving your goals, when experienced too often and left unchecked, continued stress and anxiety can lead to life-changing conditions and even death.
Education Support Partnership
If you work in a school, then why not access the support and advice from the Education Support Partnership including a help line.